Union Home Minister Amit Shah has tabled the Citizenship Amendment Bill tabled in the Rajya Sabha, saying it is a historic bill and will help lakhs of people.
The Congress meanwhile hit out at the BJP and said it was just interested in keeping the country divided on religious lines. The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “There are about 13 like-minded parties in the Rajya Sabha… I have met them and they will all vote against CAB Bill.
“The government does not want to address concerns around the economy and issue of price rise. BJP is only interested in keeping the country divided on the lines of religion. Abrogation of Article 370 and Triple Talaq Bill are other examples. This just proves that the BJP has no respect for the Constitution.”
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.
It was passed in Lok Sabha by a majority of 311 votes against 80 after a heated debate.